The American baritone Nicholas Brownlee, who studied at Rice University in Houston, joins the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt in the 2020/21 season, during which he can be heard singing Jochanaan in Strauss’ Salome, Šiškov in Janáček's Aus einem Totenhaus / From the House of the Dead, Andrei Schtschelkalow / Rangoni in a new production of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov and the title role in Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer / The Flying Dutchman. He made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy under Gustavo Dudamel, which was followed by Unsuk Chin's opera Alice in Wonderland under Susanna Mälkki, which he also sang at the Barbican in London, and the Doctor in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande in the Walt Disney Concert Hall. He covered the title roles in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle while he was a member of Los Angeles Opera's Young Artist Program. Roles for the company included Nourabad (Les pêcheurs de perles), the Speaker (Die Zauberflöte), Uncle Bonze (Madama Butterfly), Captain Gardiner (Moby Dick) and Colline (La Bohème). He sang 1st Soldier in Strauss's Salome while a member of Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Singer Program, a role with which he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2016/17. He was also engaged to sing Escamillo in Carmen at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon. He joined the ensemble at the Staatstheater in Karlsruhe in 2017/18, where roles included Melisso (Alcina), Enrico VIII (Anna Bolena), Count Capulet (Roméo et Juliette), Paolo Albiani (Simon Boccanegra), Kaspar (Der Freischütz), Leporello (Don Giovanni) and the Four Villains in (The Tales of Hoffmann). Other recent engagements have taken him to the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, for Colline, Dallas and Atlanta operas and his debuts in Montreal, Melbourne and with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. The corona shutdown prevented him making his debut at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Olin Blitch in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah. He has won many awards and prizes at interntional singing competitions including the 2016 Hans Gabor Belvedere competition, the Zarzuela Prize at Operalia 2016, the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and 2014 Palm Springs Vocal Competition.